Obituaries: James, Avey, Anderson, Hitz - Cheyenne, WY Cap City News
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Obituaries: James, Avey, Anderson, Hitz

Kevin Jay James

Kevin Jay James was born November 23, 1974 to Leon and Darlene(Keller) James in Tucson Arizona. Kevin spent his early years residing on military bases before his parents permanently made Cheyenne home. Kevin graduated from Cheyenne East High School in 1993, after high school he enlisted in the United States Air Force.

Kevin enjoyed trips to Las Vegas with his family, watching his favorite sports team the Denver Broncos and most of all spending time with his 3 children. Kevin could be found eating his Reese’s peanut butter cups while watching his team on gameday. Kevin also enjoyed collecting many pairs of shoes and hats whenever he got the chance. One thing he was most excited about was becoming a grandpa for the first time. He was known for his kind and compassionate spirit and his infectious smile.

Kevin is survived by his children Llesah (Matt), Jaylen (Halie), and Kobe of Cheyenne; and their mother Tracy Salinas; his brother Leon (Ann) of Cheyenne; and nephew, Justin James; along with many other extended family members. Kevin is also survived by his grandson that is due in march.

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He was preceded in death by his father, Leon; mother Darlene; and a host of other relatives.

**You’re free Dad. We will miss you and We love you**

Bessie Lee Avey

Bessie Lee Avey, 86, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, passed away Thursday January 21, 2021. She was born in Melrose, New Mexico on May 16, 1934. She was raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She worked in the factory industry for 6 years in South Carolina prior to moving back to Cheyenne in 1970. She volunteered for Needs, Inc. in the early 1980’s for many years. She worked for the City County Health Unit and the VA Hospital in the pharmacy. She worked in the Home Health Care field until her retirement in 1994. She was a born-again Christian since 1960 and she enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening, sewing, crocheting, singing, dancing, spending time with her kids, grandkids and great grandkids and giving to and caring for others.
She is survived by her children Ralph (Stephanie) Avey of Sheridan, WY, Rebecca (Glen) Burns of Cheyenne, WY, Debra (Albert) Pierce of Sheridan, WY, and Lawrence O’Donald of Seneca, South Carolina; 14 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband Charles Wayne Avey; her parents James C. Norvell and Burnice L. Ramsauer; 3 siblings Wanda (Pat) T. Wray, Bobbie K. Loo, Harold J. Norvell; 2 sons Billie R. O’Donald and Leonard (Pete) C. O’Donald; and 3 grandsons Jerry Lee L. O’Donald, Edward Charles Burns, and Joseph Lee Bogart.
She will be dearly missed but never forgotten in our hearts, her legacy will live on.

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Judd Tarlton Anderson, 79, of Cheyenne, passed away at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center on January 21, 2021. He was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota on July 20, 1941. He attended the University of North Dakota and was in Chorale singing group in Central High School and the university. He went into the U.S. Army on November 12, 1960 and served 13 years in the reserves both as a Medical Technician and then as a Veterinary Technician.

He married Saralouise D. Anderson on August 24, 1977 in Lake Tahoe, NV. His family .lived in Colorado from 1980 until they moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming in 2010. Judd and Saralouise are best known for their contribution of importing, breeding and showing the rare breed of dog, Tibetan KyiApos. The couple owned a Commercial Janitorial and Floor Care Service in Colorado: Executive Sweep for over 30 years.

Judd is survived by his wife Saralouise Anderson and son Peter Summerhawk of Wyoming along with his brother Paul Anderson of Ijamsville, MD with his wife Kathy Anderson and two sons, Tucker and Travis Anderson. He is preceeded in death by his father, Walter Raymond Anderson; mother, Eleanor Louise Dalbey of Maryland; daughters, Jenny-Lynn Anderson- Johnson of Arizona, Sarah Eleanor Anderson, ,Lillian Marjorie Anderson and son, Edward Walter Anderson.

Sharon Joy Hitz

Sharon Joy Hitz, 64, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, died December 16, 2020 in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Sharon was born November 6, 1956 to Carl and Ruby Motes in Sidney, Nebraska, where she grew up. Sharon graduated from Sidney High School with the class of 1975. She married Patrick Wilson and they made their home in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and they had four sons.

Sharon is survived by sons Brandon (Ashley) Wilson, Kyle (Kaitlyn) Wilson of Cheyenne, her mother Ruby Motes of Harlan, Iowa, four sisters; Anita Knapp, Virginia Clawson of Cheyenne, Karen Kleich of Harlan, Iowa, Kathy Motes Long of Boone, Iowa, one brother: Glenn (Penny) Motes of Albuquerque, New Mexico, two grandsons: James and Henry Wilson, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Sharon was preceded in death in death by twin infant sons, Nicholas and Nathan, her father Carl Motes, maternal grandparents Robert and Nancy Kennedy, paternal grandparents Arthur O. and Sarah Viola Motes, sisters Linda Nelson, Sarah Harmon, and Bertha Lou Tolbert.

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